Municipal Court

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J. Stewart Bass, Judge

Alicia St.Cyr, Court Administrator     astcyr@richlandhills.com

Clint Heizer, City Marshal                        cheizer@richlandhills.com

817-616-3825

817-616-3826     Fax

817-616-3827    City Marshal

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Court Mission Statement

The mission of the Richland Hills Municipal Court is to provide equal and impartial justice under the law; and to ensure that all defendants are treated in a professional, courteous, and efficient manner.

Court Appearance

Your initial court appearance date is printed on your citation.  If your citation was hand written by the Officer, an initial court appearance date will be mailed to you.  You may appear at the court office or pay your citation online prior to the initial appearance date.  If you fail to appear on your initial appearance date, a $50 late fine will be added and a second and final court appearance date will be mailed to you.  If you do not appear on the second and final appearance date a warrant and an additional charge of failure/violate promise to appear may be issued for your arrest. 

Resets 

Resets will not be granted over the phone.  You may appear at the court office prior to your initial appearance date or print out the reset form and fax or mail it to the court office prior to your initial appearance date.  Only one (1) reset will be granted.  A full cash bond will be required for any additional court date settings.

Deferred Disposition (Probation)

With a plea of guilty or no contest, you may be eligible for probation, known as deferred disposition. If you are under age 25, and not eligible to take a driver safety course, you must take a DSC course as a condition of deferred disposition. If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) you are not eligible for deferred disposition.  You may appear at the court office prior to your appearance date to request deferred disposition. To be eligible for deferred, you cannot have received deferred disposition within the past year.  As a condition of your deferred, you must not receive another citation in the City of Richland Hills during your deferral period.  At the conclusion of your deferral period, the Judge will dismiss your citation provided that you have met all the conditions.  This will keep the violation from being reported on your driving record.  If you are charged with speeding 15 mph over in a  school zone or 25 mph over the posted speed limit, you must see the Judge to request a deferred. To request by mail, you must print the deferred form on our forms page and mail it along with a money order or the credit card authorization form prior to your appearance date. 


Driver Safety Course

If you are charged with a moving violation, you may request to take a driver safety course. If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) you are not eligible to take a driver safety course.  You may appear at the court office prior to your appearance date to request a driver safety course and pay the necessary fees. To be eligible for a driver safety course, you cannot have taken a driver safety course in the past 12 months.  A $10.00 administrative fee plus court cost is paid to the Municipal Court at the same time a driver safety course is authorized.  Defendants are required to find their own class. The Municipal Court does not offer driver safety courses. The class must be a Texas Department of Public Safety or the Texas Education Agency approved class.   Proof of completion must be submitted to the Municipal Court within the time frame set by the Court in order for your citation to be dismissed. If you are charged with speeding 15 mph over in a school zone or 25 mph over the posted speed limit, you are not eligible to take a driver safety course.  To request by mail, you must print out the driver safety course form on our forms page and mail it along with a money order prior to your appearance date.  You may also print out the credit card authorization form and mail it with the driver safety request.

All required original documents must be submitted to the court office on time, extension will not be granted.  The court does not accept documents by fax or email, they must be submitted in person or by mail.  For a complete list of required documents, please refer to the affidavit that was given to you at the time you signed up for the class or print out driver safety form on our forms page.  Incomplete documentation will be returned.
 

Trial Settings

If you feel like you are not guilty of the offense as charged, you may appear at the court office prior to your initial appearance date and you will be set for a pre-trial court date with the City Prosecutor.  After meeting with the City Prosecutor, you may still request a Bench Trial or Jury Trial.  A Bench Trial is a trial before the Judge. The Judge decides the facts & renders judgment.  A Jury Trial consists of a jury of six Richland Hills residents who will decide the facts & render judgment.

If you received a citation for No Insurance (Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility), or for Expired Violations (expired drivers license or expired registration), you may be eligible for dismissal if you meet certain requirements.  See dismissals.

 

Legal Notice: Please note that nothing from the Richland Hills website should be considered legal advise.

 

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